Saturday, August 1, 2015 Av 16, 5775

Arlen Specter's stunning loss in last week's Senate primary is quickly becoming old news. Pundits are moving beyond the analysis of why Pennsylvania's longest-serving senator lost in the final weeks to U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, the political upstart who bucked the Democratic Party machine and capitalized on the anti-incumbent wave flooding the country. But before we turn to the tough...
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Come Election Day, Will Israel Loom as Large? In the May 13 issue of the Jewish Exponent, I noticed a political advertisement that supported Arlen Specter in the Democrat primary with the following forceful admonition: "If you care about Israel, as we do, do not allow Joe Sestak to represent you in the U.S. Senate." I now wonder if that...
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By:
Sid Schwarz
I have long straddled two worlds with regard to Diaspora engagement with Zionism and Israel. As the founder-president of PANIM, an organization that has trained thousands of American Jewish teens to pursue social and political activism on behalf of the Jewish people and the world at large, I built a strong relationship with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee so...
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By:
Burt Siegel
Clearly, there are public-policy issues in which intelligent people of goodwill will have strong differences of opinion. For instance, reasonable people can understandably disagree regarding the best way to improve the delivery of health care in our nation. But the U.S. Senate is now facing a vote on gun control, an issue that's hard to explain why total unanimity fails...
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Israel's acceptance into the prestigious Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is a welcome development at a time of increasing international isolation of the Jewish state. That the 31-member OECD -- an association of mostly wealthy democracies that promotes international trade -- put aside politics to recognize the extraordinary economic contributions of the "start-up nation" distinguishes the body from other...
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